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Bishops OK liturgy items, endorse sainthood cause, hold elections

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Though there were no actions on the U.S. bishops' agenda in Baltimore dealing with immigration, poverty and other public policy issues, the president of their conference said Nov. 11 that he hopes to meet with President Barack Obama and House and Senate leaders soon on several topics.


Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom.


Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy.


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